European Film Festival held in Coimbatore from 8th to 14th march. 25 films were screened during the festival. The venue of the festival was Kumaraguru College of Technology (KCT) and the theme of the festival was “Celebrating Women”. Two different halls have been used to display the films. All of the 25 movies that have been screened have won several awards.
German, Polish, Greek, Slovakian, French and Hungarian movies with English subtitle have been displayed. Lingesh Kalingaraj, the festival’s event manager said before the festival begins that “The movies will showcase the different shades and narratives of women”. And we have seen that the purpose of the festival has been fulfilled.
The festival started on the evening of 8th march with the screening of “The House’ a Slovakian” film that was directed by Zuzana Lova. It was a story of a school girl Eva who tries to escape from father who is vigilant about his daughter. Other movies include “Take My Eyes” (Spanish), “It’s a Jungle Out There” (German) and “Roads and Orange”. The stories of the films deal with serious issues, including corruption, poverty to everyday struggle.
“The House” is a Slovakian film released in 2011. The film shows a story of a teenage girl who was shown as struggling to deal with her overbearing father. Her father was building a house for his daughter EVA who had a different life plan for herself. Her father abandoned Eva’s sister JANA after she got involved with someone he hates.
“Take My Eyes” directed by Iciar Bollain is a Spanish film that was released in 2003. In this film, a housewife named Pilar fled from home with her 7 year old son and found shelter with her sister.
“The Roads and Oranges” directed by Aliki Danezi-Knutsen is a film from Cyprus, narrating the story to Cyprus based sister.